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Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which your body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells are shaped like a crescent or sickle. They don't last as long as normal, round red blood cells. This leads to anemia. The sickle cells also get stuck in blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause pain and organ damage.

A genetic problem causes sickle cell anemia. People with the disease are born with two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. If you only have one sickle cell gene, it's called sickle cell trait. About 1 in 12 African Americans has sickle cell trait.

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  1. Sickle Cell Anemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which your body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells are shaped like a crescent or sickle. They don't last ...
  2. Genetics Home Reference: Sickle cell disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... PubMed Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Sickle cell disease On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ...
  3. Learning about Sickle Cell Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute)  
    ... Genome Era A 2003 NHGRI Report Learning About Sickle Cell Disease What do we know about heredity and sickle ... Information What do we know about heredity and sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited ...
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  5. Anemia - sickle cell; Hemoglobin SS disease (Hb SS); Sickle cell disease ... not have the symptoms of sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell disease is much more common in people of African ...
  6. Sickle Cell Disease (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... healthy and productive lives. A Closer Look at Sickle Cell Disease The different forms of sickle cell disease are ... East India, or Middle Eastern countries. Causes of Sickle Cell Disease Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen. ...
  7. Facts about Sickle Cell Disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... SCD) National Center Homepage Share Compartir Facts About Sickle Cell Disease SCD is a group of inherited red blood ... This is usually a milder form of SCD. Sickle Cell Disease Fact Sheet View and print » HbS beta thalassemia ...
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  9. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) (National Marrow Donor Program)  
    ... disease (SCD) Email this page Print this page Sickle cell disease (SCD) Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a disease of the hemoglobin. In ... and form a sickle or a cresent. Tweet Sickle cell disease (SCD) Symptoms of SCD How transplant can treat ...
  10. Sickle Cell Disease and Your Baby (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
    ... this page It's been added to your dashboard . Sickle cell disease and your baby Sickle cell disease (also called SCD) is a condition in which ... Prevention (CDC) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Last reviewed October 2014 See ...
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